March 17, 2009
Hello! I've already posted this topic, sorry, but I think I posted it in the wrong place....
I've been making chocolates as a hobby for a few years, and recently a local deli has agreed to sell a few, and now wants me to do a stall the weekend before easter outside the deli, mainly easter eggs, it's a busy touristy area.
I've never made chocs on such a large scale before and although I am managing fairly well doing batches of egg shells in my little Rev 1, the storage of the chocolate is becoming an issue, and now I am getting worried about when to make the ganache mini eggs to put in the middle.
I'm using well tempered Callebaut couveture for the shells.
I'd like some experienced opinions on the following (thank you very much!):
When is the earliest I should make the ganache centres if selling this April 4th (2 and a half weeks away as of today)? I know they should be ok in the fridge for a few weeks (it's very firm ganache with very little cream and not butter), but once they are inside the eggs, I can't fit all the eggs in the fridge, and to be honest I don't really want to refigerate the shells.
The problem is I have to start making the shells now or I'm never going to have enough. How long will the shells taste good if wrapped in the cellophane now, they are tied with ribbon tightly but obviously not completely airtight?
If I make the ganache centres this weekend would they be ok out of the fridge for 2 weeks (inside the egg and celophane?
I'm a bit stuck and I know I've bitten off more than I can chew, lol, but any advice welcome. I've eaten my own ganache after a month in the fridge and weeks out of the fridge and it always tastes nice, but how long is safe?
Part of me wonderers whether to forget the ganache centres and concentrate on making the eggs beautiful, and put solid chocs inside, but I want people to feel they are getting a good value quality product, and that just looks too easy, what do you think?
And the chocolate shells - if wrapped in cellophane now, that should be absolutely fine shouldn't it?
Thank you so much!
March 17, 2009